Episode 19 with Tommy Malone (Subdudes) Podcast

My guest today is Mr. Tommy Malone. You know there is just something about hearing someone from South Louisiana belt out a vocal or play a guitar solo- they just seem to have a certain "thing" to the way they phrase and deliver a line and my guest Tommy Malone certainly epitomizes that.  

Tommy is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter and guitarist who, in my opinion is criminally overlooked as one of the best of the New Orleans scene. (His brother Dave Malone is one of the founding members of another one of the great New Orleans party bands- The Radiators.

Tommy is probably best known as one of the founders and lead singer of The Subdudes, one of the best known bands to emerge out of the New Orleans scene in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. Using a unique instrumentation by replacing the traditional drum kit with percussion and tamborine, and oftentimes accordion along with guitar and bass, they created their own version of funky New Orleans flavored roots/rock with an acoustic edge. 

Having made 11 records with the Subdudes as well as 3 solo records- one of which I had the pleasure of working on called “Natural Born Days”- which we’ll talk about here. We also talk about Tiny Town, a short lived band that made one record that is one of my faves. 

In this interview, recorded on beautiful a fall-like day in early September at my home in New Orleans, Tommy tells me about his influences, guitars (and as usual when we hang out, we laugh like 5th graders and tell jokes, constantly goofing off.) Even though we do clown around a good bit in this one, there is some great info and for fans of Tommy and the Subdudes maybe a few stories you haven’t heard. Hope you like this one! 

Recorded- New Orleans Sept  2017

12 comments

  • George Cole

    George Cole So Cal Oxnard

    Shane you are the best! I love your podcast! Very fun and informative. Loved the joke abt Chezck....lovakia...Shit!

    Shane you are the best! I love your podcast! Very fun and informative. Loved the joke abt Chezck....lovakia...Shit!

  • PJ Amble

    PJ Amble Indiana

    Great episode! Like the mojo!

    Great episode! Like the mojo!

  • Kurt DeKemper

    Kurt DeKemper Indiana

    Enjoyed the great dialogue with Tommy, keep the podcasts coming, thanks!

    Enjoyed the great dialogue with Tommy, keep the podcasts coming, thanks!

  • Tim H.

    Tim H. Coyle, wa

    Subdudes music helped me live sober. Songs of faith, hope and love. Tommy Malone is a living miracle. Just keep doing what you do.

    Subdudes music helped me live sober. Songs of faith, hope and love. Tommy Malone is a living miracle. Just keep doing what you do.

  • Julie C.

    Julie C. Round Lake Beach, IL

    Tommy's playin' and singing makes my heart and soul come alive. Been passionate about the subdudes music, since their inception. I guarantee anyone going to a subdudes performance will never be the same. No wonder that they've so many of us that have traveled the country going to shows. Great interview and I thank you!

    Tommy's playin' and singing makes my heart and soul come alive. Been passionate about the subdudes music, since their inception. I guarantee anyone going to a subdudes performance will never be the same. No wonder that they've so many of us that have traveled the country going to shows. Great interview and I thank you!

  • p.j. champagne II

    p.j. champagne II lalace la.

    that's my Edgard home boy love you bro

    that's my Edgard home boy love you bro

  • Jo Brown

    Jo Brown Slidell, LA

    Excellent podcast! Made me smile, dance, giggle and miss my days at Tiny Town and Subdude concerts. Thank you Shane❤️

    Excellent podcast! Made me smile, dance, giggle and miss my days at Tiny Town and Subdude concerts. Thank you Shane❤️

  • Peter Browne

    Peter Browne Ventura Ca

    For my money Tommy Malone is the best. Singing, and playing. He is also a world class human, as you know. Shane, you be walking in some large shoes ( T-Bone ). You must be hell on wheels if you are 1/2 as good as he was. I saw you on the O'Jays episode, thought you were their guy.

    For my money Tommy Malone is the best. Singing, and playing. He is also a world class human, as you know. Shane, you be walking in some large shoes ( T-Bone ). You must be hell on wheels if you are 1/2 as good as he was. I saw you on the O'Jays episode, thought you were their guy.

  • Mojomk

    Mojomk Sherman Oaks

    Shane, Thanks much for turning me on to these great players and great stories. I love being a fly on the wall as you hang and play with your friends. I am a drummer/bass player and I wish I could find Nola music like this in SoCal. Don’t ever stop these podcasts and don’t ever run out of friends to interview. Best, Michael

    Shane,
    Thanks much for turning me on to these great players and great stories. I love being a fly on the wall as you hang and play with your friends. I am a drummer/bass player and I wish I could find Nola music like this in SoCal. Don’t ever stop these podcasts and don’t ever run out of friends to interview.
    Best,
    Michael

  • Fisher

    Fisher Slide 11

    Two of NOLA best guitarists. Proud to have worked for both of them...(and only fired by one of them) ;)

    Two of NOLA best guitarists. Proud to have worked for both of them...(and only fired by one of them) wink

  • Will Jensen

    Will Jensen Minneapolis

    Awesome fun...thanks for this!!!

    Awesome fun...thanks for this!!!

  • Bondo

    Bondo Denver

    Shane, what a great interview. I stumbled on your podcast while listening to your interview on No Guitar is safe. I grew up a couple of houses down the street from John Magnie's parents in Denver. I was in high school when the first subdudes album came out, and John's folks would put me on the guest list and get me in shows I was too young to see on my own. As a budding guitarist, I was immediately drawn to Tommy's playing. I remember the Chet you two talked about, and the Strat (gold maybe?) he'd pull out when they turned things up. I was too shy to do much other than say hi when the band was on break, but Tommy couldn't have been cooler. And what a voice! His Al Green covers would blister the paint off the walls. Thanks for all your work.

    Shane, what a great interview. I stumbled on your podcast while listening to your interview on No Guitar is safe. I grew up a couple of houses down the street from John Magnie's parents in Denver. I was in high school when the first subdudes album came out, and John's folks would put me on the guest list and get me in shows I was too young to see on my own. As a budding guitarist, I was immediately drawn to Tommy's playing. I remember the Chet you two talked about, and the Strat (gold maybe?) he'd pull out when they turned things up. I was too shy to do much other than say hi when the band was on break, but Tommy couldn't have been cooler. And what a voice! His Al Green covers would blister the paint off the walls. Thanks for all your work.

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